I wish I could say that I had a great month, but honestly, I didn’t. My mental health has sucked, and I’ve been having regular anxiety attacks. That aside, I did manage to have a rather good reading month at least. They may not have been the books that I planned to read, but I did get through a respectable stack of books.
Empire of Storms – by Sarah J. Maas
The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.
With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.
In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Timesbestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.
This book was even harder to read the second time around. I had an almost constant feeling of dread while reading, because I knew how it was going to end. Honestly, I feel like this book dragged at points, and I wasn’t a huge fan of the long drawn out (and excessively detailed) sex scenes. Still, this book has its moments, scenes I totally adored, so it’s not all bad.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Tower of Dawn – by Sarah J. Maas
Follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire in this next instalment of the Throne of Glass series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas. Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since Aelin shattered the glass castle, since Chaol’s men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken. Now he and Nesryn sail for Antica – the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire and of the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme. It’s Chaol’s one shot at recovery, and with war looming back home, Dorian and Aelin’s survival could depend on Chaol and Nesryn convincing Antica’s rulers to ally with them. But what they discover there will change them both – and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.
I put off reading this book for so long, partially due to my dwindling love for the series, and partially because Chaol is not my favourite character by a long shot. I kind of regret that now. I enjoyed Tower of Dawn so much more than I thought I would, and it definitely made me more excited to read Kingdom of Ash. While this book probably didn’t need to be as long as it is, I did enjoy seeing some wider world building, and different perspectives. I wouldn’t mind learning more about some of these characters.
Rating: 4 Stars
Kingdom of Ash – by Sarah J. Maas
Aelin has risked everything to save her people―but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…
With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they’ve gathered to battle Erawan’s hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation―and a better world.
And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen―before she is lost to him forever.
As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever in the explosive final chapter of the Throne of Glass series.
I tried to go into this with realistic expectations after not totally loving Empire of Storms and ACOWAR, and I was really pleasantly surprised. While I didn’t love everything, this book felt like a return to the series I once loved. It definitely ended the series on a more positive note in my opinion. I was gripped throughout, and was moved to tears on several occasions. I think this was a worthy conclusion to the series.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Lies Sleeping – by Ben Aaronovitch
Join Peter Grant, detective and apprentice wizard, for a brand new case . . .
Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud, and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice.
But even as the unwieldy might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that Chorley, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long term plan. A plan that has its roots in London’s two thousand bloody years of history, and could literally bring the city to its knees.
To save his beloved city Peter’s going to need help from his former best friend and colleague–Lesley May–who brutally betrayed him and everything he thought she believed in. And, far worse, he might even have to come to terms with the malevolent supernatural killer and agent of chaos known as Mr Punch . . .
This is the latest instalment in the Rivers of London series, and I was excited enough that I started reading it the day it came out. Actually I got the audio book on the Thursday so I could start it right away, then I picked up a physical copy the next day at a signing. Obviously I really enjoyed it. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of this series, and after the events of this book, my excitement for the next one has only grown.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy – by Mackenzi Lee
A year after an accidentally whirlwind grand tour with her brother Monty, Felicity Montague has returned to England with two goals in mind—avoid the marriage proposal of a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.
But then a window of opportunity opens—a doctor she idolizes is marrying an old friend of hers in Germany. Felicity believes if she could meet this man he could change her future, but she has no money of her own to make the trip. Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity’s way, so long as she’s allowed to travel with Felicity disguised as her maid.
In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees, but once the girl’s true motives are revealed, Felicity becomes part of a perilous quest that leads them from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic.
This was one of my most anticipated releases for the year, and I really enjoyed it. My hopes for this were unusually high, and thankfully I wasn’t disappointed. I flew through this so quickly. I love so many of the characters, and really enjoyed reading about them. I hope this isn’t the last book we get about them.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Rivers of London – by Ben Aaronovitch
Probationary Constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London’s Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he’ll face is a paper cut. But Peter’s prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter’s ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale, who investigates crimes involving magic and other manifestations of the uncanny. Now, as a wave of brutal and bizarre murders engulfs the city, Peter is plunged into a world where gods and goddesses mingle with mortals and a long-dead evil is making a comeback on a rising tide of magic.
I enjoyed Lies Sleeping so much that I couldn’t resist going back, and rereading the first book in the series. This time I listened to the audio book, and I’m happy to say I enjoyed it just as much as I did the first time I read it.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
I feel quite good about the books I read this month. Even when everything else was going badly, at least I was able to enjoy my reading. I’m not going to bother with a TBR next month since picking up books based on what I’m in the mood for has worked so well for me this month.
Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!
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